London: Tales of dark alleyways and endless bus journeys…and flights of fancy on the tube.

We completed up our year long project “The Grid” with a soundscape totally comprised of recordings related to London created by Annie Morrad. Broadcast on Wave Farm This brings to a close the work we embarked upon for Project Anywhere.

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Image: Annie Morrad (London)

This recording is taken from a year long exploration into the underbelly of a city. The intention was to investigate intriguing aspects of the city through journeys interspersed with chat. This focuses on the minutia and moments that happen whilst on the move including falling in love with strangers, tripping over unseen crisp packets, being shadowed by your own shadow, and popping into new venues. The voices heard are from Craig Clayton, Chila Kumari Burman, Mike Summer and Josie Monro and the general background London voices. The people interviewed represent the fabric of the city interwoven into the day to day adventure that makes up London.

More information about Project Anywhere can be found here: projectanywhere.net

Project Anywhere (DroneMix)

The November, December, and the upcoming January 2019 broadcasts of Itinerant Mind are completely devoted to concluding our work on The Grid for Project Anywhere. We will post about and discuss each program separately beginning here.

The urban focus of The Grid has been centred on three very different urban conurbations London, Sydney and Chongqing while the outcomes of the project have been broadcast on Wave Farm WGXC 90.7 FM in New York. Each of these three final Project Anywhere broadcast’s has one of these cities as its sonic focus

November’s iteration of Itinerant Mind begins the triology with Sydney and the proposed emphasis on the drone as a sonic form.

In our collection collecting and broadcasting of material for the Project Anywhere work “The Grid” we have for the most part kept the material separate in that it has not been mixed in any way – just played as raw data, drones, field recordings, conversations and improvisations.

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As this project draws to a close, the November broadcast “Project Anywhere (DroneMix)” marked the first of several where our Project Anywhere content taken from the cities and streets of Sydney, Chongqing and London is coalesced into a whole work in itself. Although you will hear material from all three sites throughout the emphasis in this mix is the drone – the Sydney component of The Grid project.

For more info on this project visit: https://www.projectanywhere.net/the-grid/

 

 

The things we left out [Project Anywhere]

Over the time Morrad+McArthur have worked together, we have accumulated a huge archive of recorded online interactions and improvisations. Although in producing Itinerant Mind each month we have sometimes included fragments of our conversations and other incidental moments, much of what happens in and between the improvisations is not used or is “curated out”.

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Our broadcast for October 2018 “The things we left out” was a dense sound collage that mashes together layers of previously discarded or left out edits, conversations – often around making plans, discussing strategy, trying to connect, mistakes or other malfunctions.

This is juxtaposed alongside or layered over new improvisations and drones for Project Anywhere, parts of our recent album, and excerpts from Annie’s recent Mansions of the Future performance “ Reaching Zero” with General Practice co-founder Nick Simpson. Others who make brief appearances in the mix include our regular guests Fouad el Baidouri and Ross Oliver.

Direct link to the archived broadcast.

 

Panic Attack / Oscillate [Project Anywhere]

We have almost completed our second album “Shadowed” which will come out on as a digital download and CD in the near future (no release date yet).

We have been working on new material and posted a few pieces to our Soundcloud page for The Grid...


Our first CD A Cycle of Slight Movement” is still available as a digital download from our Bandcamp site where you can find our discography of digital releases.

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Image: Cover of our first album

 

Different Rooms [Project Anywhere]

Have you checked out Wave Farm? Residencies, artist experiments with broadcast media, a study centre, Transmission Arts and Experimental Sound programming around the clock, a Media Arts Grants program – it’s pretty cool.

May 19 we are on at 11:00am Eastern US time with our monthly program Itinerant Mind. This month is a mix titled “Different Rooms”.

Check out the Standing Wave Radio Scheduling for Saturday here and the WGXC Schedule here.

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This month’s Itinerant Mind draws on and highlights the different facets of our research and practice bringing together our Project Anywhere program with spoken word pieces from London about London, and field recording from China and Sydney, telematic improvisation, a more refined version of the composition Restless (we played a very raw telematic version last month), and some rhythmic pieces we have begun working on.

You can listen back  to the broadcast here…

Itinerant Mind: Grid 2 [Project Anywhere]

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Image: Annie Morrad at Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, February 2018

“Grid 2” is the second composition to come out of our project “Grid”. Grid 2 is a single one hour durational piece constructed for code, samples, field recording, and improvised saxophones, piano, and guitars. It was broadcast on Aug 19, 2017 via out Itinerant Mind show on Wave Farm. On August 3 2017 we performed a live improv around this composition at Aphantasia (Eight Hour Shift), an art performance by Annie Morrad, Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton in London at AND Event Space. An recorded edit of that performance was played on SoundArt Radio (UK) during their recent DroneWeek.

The Grid project utilizes concepts of the grid, sound, music, improvisation and cities.

The cities are chosen for their personal links to the participating practitioners. This interposes grid structures on London (via ordinance survey maps and staves) on Sydney via structured coded sound drones, and on NY via live improvisation and broadcast. The aim is to create sonic and ultimately visual structures that offer pretention for new and efferent forms of sound and audio visual outputs. This references philosophical and theoretical ideas on rhythm (through polyrhythms and Bachelard’s society and rhythm) structures and when to break these (using music theory and Prevost’s writing). These notions have been further developed in different cities, including Shanghai and Chongqing, China in 2017 and this will continue through 2018.

6×10

We have been working on the concept for The Grid since the middle of 2017. Comprised of 6 ten minute drones, 6×10 is the first of the research outputs we published related to the project.

The significance of this research is its’ contribution to knowledge about distributed, networked, and participative performance practice and the positive deployment of interruptive processes that examine and exploit its virtues to expose productive insights that go beyond abstract theorisation (Campbell, 2016).

The applied practice-led nature of this research reveals the relevance of the networked sonic realm to a wider interdisciplinary context where our respective and different creative practices reveal trajectories that link public art, experimental radio, architecture, urban mapping, digital design, and visual art.

Reference:  Campbell, L. (2016). Lee Campbell’s Tactics of Interruption

6×10 was released August 3, 2017 on Bandcamp.

Annie Morrad (London): saxophones and field recordings
Ian McArthur (Sydney): electronics, guitars, piano, and field recordings